List of land owned by government or local authority

The request was refused by Land Registry.

Dear Land Registry,

Please can you provide a list of land that is owned by central government, a county council or a local authority.

The Land Registry holds data relating to the proprietor type of registered land. This can be used to lookup land belonging to a county council or local authority. I hope it is also possible to provide data for land belonging to central government departments or one of their arms’ length bodies.

To make this data as useful as possible, it would be best if the land could be related to Land Registry INSPIRE index polygons, so a spatial context can be understood.

This information is in the public interest due to the Right to Contest policy - anyone has the right to contest public land that is not needed or could be put to better use.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Moist

Sondh, Gurmale, Land Registry

Dear Andrew Moist,
Thank you for your email dated 17 January 2014 requesting the following
information under the Freedom of information Act 2000 :-
“Please can you provide a list of land that is owned by central
government, a county council or a local authority. The Land Registry holds
data relating to the proprietor type of registered land. This can be used
to lookup land belonging to a county council or local authority. I hope it
is also possible to provide data for land belonging to central government
departments or one of their arms’ length bodies. To make this data as
useful as possible, it would be best if the land could be related to Land
Registry INSPIRE index polygons, so a spatial context can be understood. “
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days. 
In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.
If you have any queries about this letter, please do not hesitate to
contact me. 
Yours sincerely,
 
Gurmale Sondh
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Legal Services
DD : 0300 006 7053
Email : [email address]
Land Registry Head Office, 4th Floor, Trafalgar House, 1 Bedford Park,
Croydon, CR0 2AQ

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From:   Andrew Moist [[FOI #193529 email]]
Sent:   17 January 2014 16:11
To:     _FOI email address
Subject:        Freedom of Information request - List of land owned by
government or local authority
 
Dear Land Registry,
 
Please can you provide a list of land that is owned by central government,
a county council or a local authority. The Land Registry holds data
relating to the proprietor type of registered land. This can be used to
lookup land belonging to a county council or local authority. I hope it is
also possible to provide data for land belonging to central government
departments or one of their arms’ length bodies.
 
To make this data as useful as possible, it would be best if the land
could be related to Land Registry INSPIRE index polygons, so a spatial
context can be understood.
 
This information is in the public interest due to the Right to Contest
policy -  anyone has the right to contest public land that is not needed
or could be put to better use.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Andrew Moist
 

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million property titles in England and Wales. Since 1862 we have provided
security and confidence in one of the most active property and mortgage
markets in the world. We are working to support economic growth and data
transparency as part of the Public Data Group. Find out more at
www.landregistry.gov.uk

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Sondh, Gurmale, Land Registry

Dear Mr Moist,
 
Thank you for your email dated 17 January 2014 requesting a list of land
owned by central government and local authorities under the Freedom of
information Act 2000 (the Act).
 
Under section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in
response to a request if it is reasonably accessible by other means. The
information is available under the Land Registration Act 2002 and Land
Registration Rules 2003. Please see Public Guide 1 (A guide to the
information we keep and how you can obtain it) and Practice Guide 74 (in
particular sections 4.3 and 4.5) – (Searches of the index of proprietors’
names) on our web site [1]www.landregistry.gov.uk . 
Land Registry holds an Index of Proprietors Names which contains
proprietorship details relating to over 23 million registered titles and
searches can be made against those names in certain circumstances (rule 11
Land Registration Rules 2003). The result  gives details of the titles
owned by or mortgaged to the name searched. An application can then be
made for a copy of the registers and or title plans which will give the
description of the property/land, the name and address of the registered
owner(s) and the extent of the land. (See Public Guide 1 - A guide to the
information we keep and how you can obtain it for guidance on how to view
and/or obtain copies of the register and title plan).
 
The circumstances in which a search of the Index of Proprietors Names may
be made are limited. A search may be made against a “corporation
aggregate”, for example, companies, banks, building societies, local
authorities and government departments. However, restrictions apply in
relation to private individuals. Searches against private individuals can
only be accepted if they meet certain criteria, for example, if you are
searching against yourself, if you are acting with the written consent of
the person in question or if you have a court order or some other
authority permitting you to conduct the search. Please see Practice Guide
74 for further information.
 
If you would like to make a search of the Index of Proprietors Names in
relation to government departments/local authorities you can apply for a
search of the index using form PN1 for each name to be searched against. A
fee of £11 per name is payable under the current Fee Order. If a search
finds a match to the name searched, a list of title numbers will be
generated. You can then apply for copies of the respective registers
and/or title plans. Copies of form PN1 can be obtained free of charge from
any Land Registry Office or from our website.
 
You ask in your email whether the information requested could be “related
to Land Registry INSPIRE index polygons, so a spatial context can be
understood”.
 
The information you have requested is not held in this particular format,
however, Land Registry does offer a commercial service in relation to this
type of information and further information concerning this and other
commercial services can be found within our publication scheme on our
website. I would, however, point out that the cost of providing the
information you have requested under that commercial service would be
considerable. It is estimated that the cost would exceed £50000. You may
be interested to know that consideration is being given to the possibility
of Land Registry releasing this type of data under a less costly
chargeable licence at some point in the future and this is something you
may wish to bear in mind.
 
In any event the cost of providing the information in the way you have
requested would exceed the current statutory costs limit under the Act.
Section 12 of the Act provides that a public authority is not obliged to
comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the
cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit,
currently £600 for central government. This represents the estimated cost
of one person spending 24 hours in determining whether the department
holds the information, locating, retrieving and extracting the
information. In this case it is estimated that it would cost considerably
more than the appropriate limit to comply with your request.
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.
If you are dissatisfied with this response to your request, you may seek
an internal review within two months of the date of our reply. Internal
reviews will be dealt within 20 working days. If at the end of this time
we are unable to respond, we will write to you explaining the reasons and
giving you a new date. If you seek an internal review please write to:
Mike Westcott Rudd
Head of Corporate Legal Services
Land Registry Head office
Trafalgar House
1 Bedford Park
Croydon
CR0 2AQ
Email: [2][email address]
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) within
two months of the reply for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a
decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by
Land Registry. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Gurmale Sondh
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Legal Services
DD : 0300 006 7053
Email : [email address]
Land Registry Head Office, 4th Floor, Trafalgar House, 1 Bedford Park,
Croydon, CR0 2AQ

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Land Registry is the definitive source of information for more than 23
million property titles in England and Wales. Since 1862 we have provided
security and confidence in one of the most active property and mortgage
markets in the world. We are working to support economic growth and data
transparency as part of the Public Data Group. Find out more at
www.landregistry.gov.uk

If you have received this e-mail and it was not intended for you, please
let us know, and then delete it. Please treat our communications in
confidence,
as you would expect us to treat yours. Land Registry checks all mail and
attachments for known viruses, however, you are advised that you open any
attachments at your own risk.

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